R&D Engineer

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Location: Woking, GB

Purpose of the Role:

Key task of the role is to design, develop and use creative electro-mechanical systems for the WT, test rigs and race car including data processing and analysis. The work focuses especially on Aerodynamic development and experimentation.

Role Dimensions:

  • Sits within the Racing Technology department.
  • Close cooperation with other specialists and designers in the team, also with aerodynamicists, modelmakers and production staff.
  • Regular support of wind tunnel and trackside operations i.e. travel and work outside UK.
  • Potential work beyond standard working hours and on weekends.

Principal Accountabilities:

  • Conceptual layout and development of prototype and experimental electro-mechanical systems, according to a brief and in cooperation with electronic, control and software engineers.
  • Design of experiments and experimental equipment for use in wind tunnel, on rigs and race track.
  • Plan, perform and supervise experiments in WT, on test rigs and race track.
  • Design of components and assemblies in CATIA V5 including:
  • use of FEA and Kinematic tools.
  • good quality detail and assembly drawings that have all the required data for manufacture and assembly.
  • Processing, analysis and reporting of experimental data and results:
  • Development of data processing and visualization tools, together with the software team.
  • Detailed analysis of data, drawing conclusions and suggesting further work.
  • Preparation of detailed reports and presentations.
  • Responsible for complete projects, fit for purpose, from brief and concept phase to final commissioning and reporting.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience:


  • Relevant engineering and design experience within Formula 1, automotive, aerospace or similar engineering industry.
  • Experience of experimental engineering and prototyping work in a R&D environment – designing and conducting an experiment, sensors, data acquisition and analysis etc.
  • Knowledge of electro-mechanical systems and control strategies.
  • Degree in Mechanical / Automotive / Aeronautical or similar engineering / science / maths-based discipline.
  • CAD (ideally CATIA V5) - Part design, surface design, draughting, assembly design.
  • Advanced PC skills (Word, Excel, Outlook, Power point).


  • GD&T Geometric tolerances, Kinematics, FEA and strength calculations.
  • Production techniques (Machining, Fabrication, casting, rapid prototyping).
  • Design database management VPM / 3DCOM.
  • Experience in electronics, control systems, functionality and limitations of measurement devices, and / or coding for data analysis (including Matlab) would be beneficial.

Personal Attributes:

  • Problem-solver; creative and thoughtful approach to solving engineering and design challenges.
  • Proven ability to innovate whilst still delivering highly technical work to standard and on time.
  • Excellent communication skills, in particular the ability to present complex technical results in a clear and concise manner.
  • Strong team player who is also able to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Self-motivated and with high levels of initiative.
  • Well organized, able to allocate time effectively between multiple technically demanding projects.
  • Flexibility in responding to critical deadlines.

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